I recently hosted a 91st Birthday celebration for my husbands grandfather. I decided to do an ice cream parlour theme with a variety of sweet treats and an ice cream sundae buffet. On the buffet table I filled a metal bucket with ice and placed three smaller buckets (purchased at Target) inside of it which I filled with strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream. The ice cream cone-shaped labels on the ice cream buckets were actually invitations which I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I had another bucket of ice to keep the cans of whipped cream cold. I filled ceramic ice cream cone dishes (also purchased at Target in the dollar section) with gummy bears, sprinkles, reeses, strawberries, creme de menthe, Oreo cookies, m&m’s and cherries. I set out plastic bowls and waffle cones dipped in chocolate and pecans for our guests to fill with their choice of ice cream and toppings.
The dessert menu included ice cream cone-shaped cookies and cake pops, brownies and a variety of cupcakes. My favorite were the ice cream sundae and milkshake cupcakes pictured below. I will post the recipe for these in a separate post.
The miniature Ice cream cones pictured here are actually Oreo cake balls. I cut off the end of waffle cones, placed the cake balls on top then dipped them in chocolate candy melts. Before the chocolate hardened I place a red m&m on top and added some sprinkles. They were DELICIOUS!!!
The kids loved these cookies. I used a Wilton Cone Pops Cookie Pan purchased at Hobby Lobby. I placed sugar cookie dough in the greased pan filling to about 1/8 of an inch below the top edge and inserted the sticks into the dough covering two inches of the stick. Next I baked them at 350 for 19 minutes on the middle rack. Keep in mind that if you choose to use a ready-made cookie dough roll from the grocery store they will swell and will not resemble an ice cream cone (I learned this lesson the hard way). Once the cookies were completely cooled I iced them using colored candy melts then sprinkled them with sugar and added a cherry sour candy to the top.
As you can see the color scheme I chose was green, yellow, brown and white. I even decided to keep the drinks in line with my color scheme by filling beverage dispensers with tea, limeaide, pineapple juice and lemonade. I used the same labels mentioned earlier on my drink dispensers.
Everyone had a great time satisfying their sweet tooth while visiting with family. I’d say this party was a big success and I encourage all of you to host your own ice cream parlour party this summer. I hope I was able to inspire your creativity today